I remember when hubby and I first moved into our 2-story townhouse apartment in Florida, how terrible the shrubbery was outside. It looked liked it had been abandoned and I decided that it needed some fresh plants. So we went to Home Depot and bought some. Hubby planted about three and at first they struggled. I would go out and water them everyday, talk to them, and I got some fertilizer for them as well.
After a few months, they still hadn’t adapted to their new surroundings and I began to worry. I prayed for them as well which might sound silly, but I believe God cares about all things we care about. So, I kept my ritual of talking to and caring for them.
I think it was about 6 or 7 months and finally I saw them beginning to bloom! I was so excited! They began to grow and grow and grow and soon they filled up the whole front yard. They were so gorgeous too. I hated to leave them behind when we moved. I learned something from that experience. Every where that God plants us, He wants us to bloom. He wants us to become adapted to our surroundings and use our gifts and talents to grow and become even better.
Every role I play in life: ministry leader, friend, wife, Christian, designer, business owner, sister etc… God expects me to flourish. I may be nervous at first much like starting a new job or going to a new class, but after awhile I should become more familiar with my environment to put my skills to work.
One job I remembered I had was back in the early 90s and it was managing a department. Part of my duties was hiring employees to work directly under me and supervise them. I even had to do quarterly reviews. I had never been a supervisor before and I had no experience running a department…talk about being nervous! But, my boss thought I was perfect for the role and his belief in me helped me rise to the occasion. After 4-1/2 years, I was happy to be instrumental in helping several of my employees go on to bigger careers.
The same goes for church roles. I’ve worked in different ministries, usually behind the scene, never on a team, or in leadership until we moved to Oregon in 2012. I worked in the women’s ministry in several activities which helped me grow as an individual and Christian. The work and business skills I picked up at this church have followed me through running my own business.
God is able to give new vision in any situation He has us in. Wherever God has you planted, He knows you have the necessary tools to grow, bloom, and blossom. The same goes for roles you have that aren’t as easy or desirable, you can still bloom where you’re planted IF and only IF you allow God to help you.